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Day of Reckoning: How Hubris, Ideology, and Greed Are Tearing America Apart Hardcover – November 27, 2007
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While free enterprise is good, the worship of “free trade” is de-industrializing America, killing the middle class, and imperiling U.S. economic independence. While America must stand for freedom, liberty and self-determination, the use of U.S. troops to police the planet or serve as advance guard is imperial folly that will bring down the republic. While America should speak out for human rights, the idea that we get in Russia’s face and hand out moral report cards to every nation on earth is moral arrogance. While we have benefited from immigration, the idea we can import limitless numbers of aliens and remain anything like a real country is absurd. To save America the first imperative is to remove from power the ideologues of both parties who have near killed the country.
Buchanan sees America in an existential crisis. In his final chapter, he lays out ideas to stop the suicide of America. He includes a bottom-up review of all America’s foreign commitments and entanglements, a plan to secure America’s borders, ideas for halting the erosion of our sovereignty and for restoring our manufacturing preeminence and economic independence. Buchanan offers a radical program, but a necessary one, for neither party is addressing the real crisis of the nation -- whether we survive much longer as one people, or disappear from history.
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While he does repeat some of the information from past books, "Day of Reckoning" is less of a history lesson than past offerings.
Buchanan, like Lou Dobbs and Jerome Corsi is highly critical of the secret plan for the North American Union and NAFTA Superhighway. It's pursued for the benefit of transnational elites at the expense of our sovereignty.
This book is a scathing critique of Bush's National Security Strategy(Bush Doctrine) which is fueled in large part by the "Wolfowitz Memorandum".
As Burke stated "Great empires and small minds go ill together." We are seeing the manifestation of that right now. Buchanan correctly points out that "terrorism is the price of empire."
Ignorance of history, arrogance, and ideology are all equal parts of the Bush Doctrine.
Perpetual war does not bring perpetual peace. Thus the allergic reaction to anything resembling diplomacy.
The history of a mission to make the whole world a democracy traces back to Wilson and it failed as miserably then as it does now. True to form, yet today, those who oppose the global democracy myth are labeled "isolationists." The author accurately argues that George Bush has done more than any other one man to isolate our country with his foreign policy blunders.
Buchanan points out that a fundamental flaw with that quest for worldwide democracy is that Islamists don't normally embrace freedom of religion.
His thoughts on free trade are on point. He explains why Marx favored free trade. That was interesting as well as who really profits from the "global economy".
"Free trade puts the claims of consumers ahead of the duties of citizens. And history has proven free trade to be both a serial killer of manufacturing and a Trojan horse of transnational government." a well written quote from page 222.
Buchanan cites a few quotes from Chalmers Johnson's "Sorrows of Empire", another excellent author on the subject of errant U.S. foreign policy.
He also offers a sensible 10 point solution to the illegal immigration problem and suggests routing the decision whether to go to war or not the Constitutional way- through Congress.
"Day of Reckoning" may be Pat Buchanan's best book yet. I recommend it.
In later years the people will read his writings and know how the country evolved from its early days to become a Super Power and how the fates changed the status of the country.